Using webcam videos is a great way to humanize online courses. By appearing on camera, presenters can speak more directly to their learners and create a stronger personal connection, making the learning experience feel more human. The good news is you don’t need expensive cameras or audio gear to create engaging webcam videos. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about.
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share a webcam or video presentation to show how video can be used to personalize the learning experience.
You can use any software you like to create your demo this week. The focus is on using video to personalize the lesson while showing different formats for using video to personalize the experience.
Below are a couple of examples that should give you some ideas for recording your own demos.
Rise Microlearning Example
Here's a fantastic example from Kate. I like how she begins with a medium shot to introduce the lesson before transitioning to a picture-in-picture shot for the demonstration. I like this format because the intro shot doesn't show the software UI or the final product.
Instead, it personalizes the lesson by focusing on the presenter. Once it's time to dive into the software, the video transitions to a picture-in-picture format to emphasize the content.
Here’s another example of how webcam video can be used in product training. I like the way Jeff bounces between medium shots and full-screen software demonstrations. This is a great way to vary the pacing of the lesson while creating a personal connection with the presenter.
Call for Presenters: 2023 Articulate User Conference
We’re looking for speakers to present at this year’s Articulate User Conference hosted by The Learning Guild. The user conference is a one-day event separate from the official DevLearn conference.
The work you share each week in the challenges is ideal for this event. For example, you can share how you built something or highlight a technique or design approach you used. Check out last year’s resource page to learn more about the types of sessions available.
If you’re interested in presenting, please let me know in the comments when you post your demo. I’ll share your names with the folks at the Learning Guild.
You can learn more about last year’s user conference on the DevLearn website.
Share Your E-Learning Work
- Comments: Use the comments section below to link your published example and blog post.
- Forums: Start a new thread and share a link to your published example.
- Personal blog: If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We'll link to your posts so your great work gets even more exposure.
- Social media: If you share your demos on Twitter or LinkedIn, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can follow your e-learning coolness.
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you go live in this week’s challenge, check out the creative ways course designers use progress indicators to keep learners on track:
New to the E-Learning Challenges?
The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.
Next Week’s Challenge & Webinar
I'm hosting a webinar next week on using audio in Storyline 360. I'll reference this week's challenge in the session and share your examples in the session.
- Next week's challenge #411 (March 31, 2024) Using Sliders in E-Learning #411.
- Upcoming webinar (March 12): Using Sliders in Articulate Storyline 360
Got an idea for a challenge? Are you interested in doing a webinar showcasing how you made one or more challenge demos? Or do you have some comments for your humble challenge host? Use this anonymous form to share your feedback: https://bit.ly/ElearningChallengeForm.